Jon Cryer is not having claims that Charlie Sheen "carried" Two and a Half Men.
On Sept. 5, Cryer answered this very insult, which was made by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz on Twitter. In what's become a bizarre war of words, Cryer cited the show's longevity and his awards season success in defense of Two and a Half Men in the post-Sheen era. Here's how Cryer and Gaetz ended up talking politics — and Two and a Half Men.
Jon Cryer and Matt Gaetz feud on politics, Two and a Half Men
On Sept. 5, Cryer first spoke out against Gaetz, accusing him of having "invited a white supremacist to the State of the Union, attempted to intimidate a federal witness, and endorsed a sociopathic bigot who applauded the deaths of migrants for congress."
The actor's comments came in a thread initially targeting Gaetz over his support of President Trump amid the Atlantic veterans scandal. Cryer added that he donated to the campaign of Phil Ehr, the Democrat who will challenge Rep. Gaetz in Florida's 1st Congressional District.
But that night, Gaetz himself responded on Twitter with an attack on Cryer's well-known sitcom. "Charlie Sheen totally carried two and a half men," Gaetz wrote on his official platform.
Shortly after, Cryer responded: "Is that why, after [Sheen] left, it lasted for 4 more years and I won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy?"
The disparity between the hundreds of thousands of likes on Cryer's tweet to the tens of thousands on Gaetz's suggests that the actor "dunked" on the politician, who hasn't offered a further response to Cryer.
Jon Cryer played "Alan Harper" on Two and a Half Men
Cryer starred on Two and a Half Men for all of the sitcom's 12 seasons (2003-2015). Gaetz appears to be alluding to the exit of Charlie Sheen in season 8, after which Ashton Kutcher joined the show as Cryer's co-star.
Some fans were less receptive to Two and a Half Men in the post-Sheen era, but the series continued to earn high ratings and was even promoted to a better time slot after Kutcher joined the series. As Cryer noted on Twitter, the show ran for another four seasons and he won his first lead-actor Emmy three years after Sheen's exit.